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I was diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma. Dr. Rodman was the surgeon recommended to close the area on my head made previously. She has such a welcoming spirit, a fabulous soul and amazing talent that is clear when seeing the results on my head. Dr. Rodman is someone I trust and will sing her praises for the rest of my life. I am so thankful for the care and concern she has had and for making sure I understand every step with surgery and with healing. Not only is she a facial plastic surgeon but she is also double board certified. You can’t find a better person to help move your life along on the path you are meant to be on looking the way you want!
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Mohs reconstruction in Houston is a procedure performed by Dr. Regina Rodman to restore the appearance of the skin after the removal of skin cancer. It is specifically performed after Mohs surgery, a type of skin cancer removal technique with a very high success rate.
Dr. Rodman works with several Mohs surgeons in the Houston area. A Mohs surgeon is a doctor with special training in removing skin cancer, usually a dermatologist. They are able to remove the cancer in small pieces, and then look at each small piece under the microscope to see if there is cancer there. Doing this helps them make sure they get all the cancer, but only take the cancer and not the normal skin around it. Mohs surgery is best for squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma.
Mohs Reconstruction Options
After Mohs surgery, there is a hole in the skin where the cancer was. Dr. Rodman will help to close this wound in the most cosmetic way possible. This can be done using a number of methods:
Local Flap – Mohs reconstruction may involve moving some of the skin and tissue around so it fills the defects, which is called a local flap. There are several different kinds of local flaps, and you may hear names like rotational flaps, transposition flaps, and interpolated flaps. The blood supply to the flap is either kept intact or reattached.
Skin Graft – Mohs reconstruction may be performed by taking a small piece of skin from another area and sewing it into the defect. This is called a skin graft.
The reconstruction may be done under local anesthesia in the office or may require general anesthesia in the operating room, depending on the size of the defect and the planned reconstruction. Reconstruction will be done with creation of small incisions. At the end of the Mohs reconstruction procedure, these incisions will be closed using sutures.
At your appointment, Dr. Rodman will discuss what type of Mohs reconstruction procedure will work best for you.
Recovery After Mohs Reconstruction
After the skin has been reconstructed, you will be able to return home, and the recovery process will begin. It will be vital to follow Dr. Rodman’s post-surgical care directions as closely as possible during this period.
A degree of swelling and bruising will be present in the area but will fade. While the tissues heal, it will be important to avoid prolonged sun exposure and to wear a proper sunscreen. Time off from work will be necessary, and you will need to avoid physically taxing activities.
After a time, it will be necessary to return for a follow-up appointment. During this appointment, Dr. Rodman will evaluate the status of your healing process. She will remove sutures and check to make sure that there are no complications.
Schedule a Consultation
To learn more about Mohs reconstruction in Houston, please reach out to our office to schedule a consultation. We look forward to assisting you.
Your Mohs Reconstruction will be performed in Dr. Regina Rodman‘s surgery center located in Houston, TX